While waiting for the trailer to get done, we decided to get working on the floor. One of the 6th graders is in 4H and she raises Alpacas. She was wondering if we could use the fiber for insulation, since we learned last year that they use wool, well, come to find out, they do. We will start our research on that.
The trailer is nearly complete. It should hold about 14,000 lbs when it is done. Much more than the house will weigh, but why take chances. I feel we received a good deal on it. We paid $2800.00. It is a deck-over, so we won't have to deal with the wheel wells.
Today, my fourth graders got to design their own floor plan, the one to the left was mine. We used a nifty, yet simple 1/2 inch=1 foot scale planning template that I got from Macy Miller at email@example.com. The kids were delighted that they had all of these items at their disposal and all they had to do was cut them out. Extra paper was included to make items that may not have been included, but none of the kids needed to make use of it. It gives you the choice of making different sizes from 16 to 26 feet. Yes, you could use graph paper, but all the widows, sinks, toilets, and appliances were already scaled for you, the kids found this to be very helpful.
They did well except for a few things, like, no walls for the bathroom, too narrow walk ways, and too much stuff! It was also interesting seeing what they deemed necessary, I told them, "Dee Williams doesn't have a shower in her house".
They ask asked, "Does she stink?"
We received a check for $1000.00 and $400.00 so we are off to a good start. Hopefully the trailer will be done soon so that we can get started. Below are the elevations and floor plan of what we would like to do. Changes are inevitable when working with kids though.
Today I put down half on a custom made trailer, thus begins another journey in the tiny house world. It will not be ready before school starts, but that won't stop us. There is lots to do before we put down the first board.
I will draft a new letter to our investors from last year to see if they would like to reinvest. We lost one of our big investors, but hope to pick up some more. The response from having the house listed on tiny house listing.com was overwhelming, we had over 23,000 people look at our listing, over 60 inquiries, and 8 people that wanted to buy, but I had to turn away. One of the potential buyers even wants to become an investor for the next project.
An interesting thing happened when I gave each investor a check for what they invested. They all looked a little confused. I don't think they expected to get their money back, but that was part of the deal, being good stewards with the money that was entrusted to us. Some called and said,"Just reinvest it.", others asked if we were going to do it again, well, we are, and I will send a letter asking that they would help again. This is another life lesson the kids will learn...we all need help, people are willing to help, but you have to ask.
Well, school starts again in less than two weeks. I have been looking for a trailer, and I am not having much luck. I think we will do a 20 foot trailer.
I went to a workshop put on by Macy Miller last week that talked about choosing the right trailer, very interesting. The last time we used a 1978 Holiday Rambler frame. It worked out quite well, but this time I think we will use a tiny house trailer or a heavy duty utility trailer, it will cost more but for me, the peace of mind will be worth it. Back to the problem of finding a trailer, the time to have one built is rather long, or people won't return my calls, or, they'll get back to me, or we don't have that size...a bit discouraging.
I paid off our last investor today, that was rather a good feeling. After everything was paid we ended up with about $1500.00 to start the next project. If anyone would like to invest in our next project please feel free to contact me. The return on the investment is only the original investment, but you get a really good feeling knowing that that you were part of a very worth while project.
Gifted and Talented Facilitator
Mountain Home School District
We are a Gifted and Talented class in the Mountain Home School District